Muscle man Henry Cavill reveals how he was once body-shamed when auditioning for James Bond role. The 36-year-old Witcher star in an interview with Men’s Health recalls that was called ‘chubby’ when auditioning for "Casino Royale", following Pierce Brosnan's exit after "Die Another Day".
"I probably could have prepared better. I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, 'Looking a little chubby there, Henry'," the "Justice League" star said.
Cavill had auditioned for the role, wearing just a towel in an attempt to recreate Bond legend Sean Connery's famous scene from "From Russia With Love" (1963).
The British actor credited Campbell for telling him the "truth".
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Check out the latest Men's Health this month where I lounge, splash, chill and throw cards....yes, you heard it right, I will be throwing cards. You lucky things you. The most exciting thing about this issue however, is that the masterful trainer Dave Rienzi joins us to help explain some of my training techniques throughout the filming of the Witcher! Thank you, Mr Rienzi, for your time and your knowledge! @DaveRienzi Magazine: @menshealthmag Photographer: @wattsupphoto Author: @brianraftery EIC: @richdorment Fashion Director: @tedstaffordstyle Grooming: @rathorejacqui & @ailbhelemass
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Having a little flashback to my days in Budapest on The Witcher and found this photo. I like it because it shows that it doesn't take huge weights everyday to achieve results. I was doing everything I could in a busy busy schedule to try and get something in, whenever I could. During this period I learned that it's not the weight that matters, it's the workout. So if you're shy about going to the gym because there is always someone next to you using mahoosive weights, don't be. You do your weights, just make every workout count. You might end up looking better than the fella or lady next to you that's using those heavy weights. I also wanted to give a massive shout-out to Adam at Flex Gym. Adam went out of his way to help make sure I could get some training in, no matter the time of day or night, he'd open the gym so I could throw some weights (big or little!) around. Thank you my friend. I hope to see you soon! @FlexGymBudapest #YouDoYou #GymStuff
"I didn't know how to train or diet. And I'm glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better," he said.
Cavill has no qualms in disclosing he was "chubby" in his childhood and his bullies would often call him "Fat Cavill".
"I was a chubby kid. I could've very well gone down the route of just accepting my lot in life and being like, 'I guess I'm not going to do anything'," he said.
"Casino Royale" was not the only rejection Cavill had faced in his career. He had also auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen from "Twilight", a part which ultimately went to another British actor Robert Pattinson.
But he never got dejected by these hiccups.
"I wasn't ecstatic about not getting these things but I was so used to disappointment from the acting business, and also from boarding school. 'No, you're not good enough' (so) that wasn't anything new to me," Cavill added.